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Clinical Placement Process for Grad Students

Population Health (MN and DNP) Students

You will prepare for your clinical experience by first completing your clinical passport and then selecting a site where you want to complete your clinicals. Once you select a site, WSU will ensure that the college has a contract with that agency. If you need assistance selecting a site, a faculty mentor can help. Once the site has been selected and approved, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Take a copy of the syllabus of the course to the preceptor.
  2. Have the preceptor review your objectives for your practicum experience with you and “sign off” on them.
  3. Ensure there is a contract between the agency and WSU.
  4. Make sure you have liability insurance covering your role in the clinical agency.
  5. Complete the necessary orientation to your agency and make sure you meet all of the agency’s screening requirements (bacground checks, drug screenings, immunizations, etc.).
  6. Your registered nursing license must be valid in the state of practice during the experience.

You will be guided throughout the entire clinical experience by your faculty mentor and your preceptor. Your preceptor will be asked to submit an evaluation mid-term and at the end of the semester, but your faculty mentor will be responsible for your overall evaluation. The primary role of the preceptor is to mentor and guide you towards role acquisition at the advanced practice level.

Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Students

Completing your demographic information and maintaining a current passport in E*Value is the first step of preparation for clinical experiences. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with the graduate student handbook (Section II pertains to clinical placements). This will help ensure that you have all the information you need to meet clinical placement requirements and that your clinical experiences are positive and successful ones.

Most full-time DNP students (there are exceptions) begin clinical rotations in their second year. The timing of starting clinical courses is dependent on the program you are in and whether you attend full or part time. You will need to make site requests 3-6 months in advance of your clinical course. Securing clinical site placement is a collaborative process. Successful clinical placement occurs as the result of a partnership between you, your Clinical Placement Coordinator, faculty, and clinical sites.

FNP Clinical Site Request Form
PMHNP Clinical Site Request Form

Three trainings have been developed to prepare you for the various stages of student clinical placement, and the different areas of E*Value that you will be working in throughout your course progression. It is critical to your success that you view these trainings at the right times, and refer back to them if you have questions about the topics covered. These trainings can also be found on your E*Value home page. There are recommended viewing timelines for each training:

  • Student Training #1-The Basics (FNP, PMHNP and PH students): View upon admission
  • Student Training #2-Preparing for Clinical placement (FNP, PMHNP and PH students): View 3-6 months in advance of clinical placement
  • Student Training #3-Preparing for Rotations (FNP and PMHNP students only): View 1-2 months in advance of starting direct care rotations

Clinical Placement Coordinators

Joanie Christian

Joanie Christian

Katie Larson

Katie Larson

Heather Kriss

Washington State University